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A New Way Of Living

At Casa Santa Marta this morning, Pope Francis had Mass and gave a homily regarding living for the glory of God (more details, summary video).

Today Pope Francis received several audiences, including:

President of the Republic of Zambia, Edgar Chagwa Lungu (pic 1, pic 2)
• Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
• several Argentine bishops

Also today, he released another of his new videos sharing his monthly prayer intentions (full video, videos to date). In the video Pope Francis shares one of the primary parts of God’s plans for the planet Earth:

The relationship between poverty and the fragility of the planet requires another way of managing the economy and measuring progress, conceiving a new way of living.

As Pope Francis says, part of God’s plans is for “a new way of living.”

It was announced that Pope Francis and the Russian Orthodox Church’s Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia are planning to meet together in Cuba next week on February 12th (encounter details, more & more & more details, summary video). As well, Cardinal Peter Erdo, president of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences, expressed praise and prayers for the meeting (full text).

And Pope Francis made some appointments.

In Pope Francis related news:

In accordance with Pope Francis’ request, today, by a procession, the relics of the two saints Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio) and Leopoldo of Castelnovo (Leopold Mandic) were transported to the Vatican and into St. Peter’s Basilica (full video, summary video 1, summary video 2). Also here’s a good outline of related events for the coming week.

Relatedly, here’s a really really good interview with an expert on Padre Pio, Stefano Campanella.

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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To Live Amidst His Sons And Daughters

This morning at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis had Mass and gave a homily on the inheritance of faith (more details, summary video).

At approximately 9 o‘clock this morning, Pope Francis visited the Jubilee Welcoming Center, as well as some dicasteries/departments in the Roman Curia, particularly: the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum,” and the Congregation for the Oriental Churches.

And today, he sent a tweet:

God wants to live amidst his sons and daughters. Let us make space for him in our hearts. (link)

In Pope Francis related news:

On the mission to fulfil God’s plans for the planet Earth, today in London, at a conference of donor countries for support of Syria and its region, Holy See Secretary for Relations with States Mons. Paul R. Gallagher spoke of Pope Francis’ continued humanitarian support for the full social and economic wellestness of Syria (full text).

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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An Impassioned Appeal Full Of Love

Today Pope Francis held a General Audience and spoke on the justice of God’s mercy (full text, full video, summary video). During the audience, an American circus troupe performed for him (summary video) and he thanked them. Also during the audience, Rinaldo Mirmara, historian and president of Caritas Turkey, presented Pope Francis with a copy of his new history book regarding the Battle of the Dardanelles (more details). As well, Hollywood actor Joseph Fiennes and his family, as well as Argentinian actress Maria Botto were in attendance and met Pope Francis (summary video, follow-up interview, pic 1, pic 2, pic 3).

In the afternoon, at a special press conference, Pope Francis announced that another interreligious soccer Match for Peace will be held in Rome’s Olympic Stadium on Sunday, May 29, sponsored by Scholas Occurrentes (summary video). Also at the press conference was Brazilian soccer star Ronaldinho and Scholas Occurrentes president Jose Maria del Corral (summary video, pic 1, pic 2).

As well, today was released a video interview in which Pope Francis responded to questions by people in Mexico (full text, full video).

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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Prayer is the “Medulla” of Consecrated Life

Today Pope Francis had Mass with participants of the Year of Consecrated Life and gave a homily (full text pt1, full text pt2, full video, summary video). I liked in his after-Mass comments:

There is always something to do. The main thing is to pray. Prayer is the “medulla” of consecrated life: to pray!

Also today, Pope Francis made some appointments and sent a tweet:

Mary, Mother of Jesus, help us to share the wonders of the Lord with all whom we meet on the way. (link)

Additionally today was published an interview with Pope Francis done by the online daily Asia Times (full text).

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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Something That Is More True, More Beautiful

In the morning at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis had Mass and gave a homily on having humility (more details, summary video).

Also today he received several audiences, including:

• Rev mother Zulema Nelly Zayas, Superior General of the society “Daughters of the Divine Saviour”
participants of the Year of Consecrated Life (full text given, full text prepared, full video, summary video). And there’s a good article on the final festivities of the Year of Consecrated Life. There were some great quotes from his address:

Prophecy is to say that there is something that is more true, more beautiful, greater, more good to which we are all called.

The Brother or the Sister of the Community. He is your first neighbor – and you must also have an agreeable, good proximity with love.

Announced today was that Pope Francis came forward with the idea for a film, contacted some filmmakers, and now he is set to be featured in the film to be titled “Beyond the Sun” (more details).

Also today, Pope Francis’ prayer intentions for the present month were released.

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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He Comes to Visit Us with His Mercy

Today overlooking St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis delivered an Angelus Address on building societies of inclusion (full text, full video, summary video).

Also today Pope Francis sent video message to participants in the 51st International Eucharistic Congress in Cebu, Philippines (full text, full video, full video with subtitles). Also in the video, Pope Francis announced that the news that the next International Eucharistic Congress would be held in 2020 in Budapest, Hungary.

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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Every Christian is a Cristoforo

Today Pope Francis held a special General Audience which he is having on one Saturday per month during the Jubilee of Mercy (full text, full video). During the address, he explained the term “Cristoforo”:

To encounter Jesus is the same as encountering His love. This love transforms us and enables us to transmit to others the strength that it gives us. In some way, we can say that from the day of Baptism each one of us was given a new name, in addition to the one already given by our mother and father, and this name is “Cristoforo”: we are all “Cristofori.” What does it mean? “Bearers of Christ.” It is the name of our attitude, an attitude of bearers of the joy of Christ, of the mercy of Christ. Every Christian is a “Cristoforo,” that is a bearer of Christ!

I love Pope Francis!!!! Also while at the audience, Pope Francis spoke of his mourning at the death of one of the workers at the Casa Santa Marta (summary video).

As well today, Pope Francis received one other audience, Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops.

Of messages, today he sent message to Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski for him being his Special Envoy to the celebration of the twenty-forth World Day of the Sick, in Nazareth on Feb. 11th, 2016 (full text in Latin).

Also today, he made some appointments.

In Pope Francis related news:

In following a mandate issued by Pope Francis on Dec. 7th, 2015 (seemingly misreported as being on Jan. 14th, 2016), Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin has now officially formed a “Pontifical Commission for public health sector activities of legal entities of the Church.”

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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Ask the Lord for this Grace

At Casa Santa Marta this morning, Pope Francis celebrated Mass and gave a homily on healing the wound of corruption (more details, full video).

Today Pope Francis received several audiences, including participants in the plenary Assembly of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (more details, full text, summary video).

Also today, Pope Francis made some appointments.

In Pope Francis related news:

Today a press conference was held in regard to the remains of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina and Saint Leopold Mandic, to be transported, at Pope Francis’ request, to Rome for the Jubilee of Mercy (full text, summary video).

As well in the news there is a super good interview with Archbishop David Moxon, the director of Rome’s Anglican Centre and the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Representative to the Holy See, in which he spoke of how Pope Francis is dramatically advancing ecumenical relations.

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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The Christian Heart Is Magnanimous

Today in the morning at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis had Mass and gave a homily on what it means to have a Christian heart (more details, summary video).

Today Pope Francis received a number of people in audience, including:

President of Togo, Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé (press release)
members of the Italian National Committee for Bioethics (full text, summary video). For more about bioethics, there is a good related article regarding what it is and how one might approach it
American actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio (more details, summary video 1, summary video 2)

Also today, Pope Francis made an appointment and sent a tweet:

As Christians, we cannot be self-centred, but must always be open to others and for others. (link)

Furthermore today, it was announced that Pope Francis would likely visit the Auschwitz concentration camp during his journey abroad to Krakow this coming summer.

Also today a press conference was held regarding Pope Francis’ message for the 24th World Day of the Sick (full text in Italian, full video). His message was released back on Sept. 15th, 2015.

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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Embrace And Forgive One Another

Today at St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis had a General Audience and spoke on mending broken families during the Holy Year of Mercy, and how God had mercy upon Old Testament Patriarchs and that he desires to have like mercy upon the faithful today (full text, full video, summary video). Also during the address, in greetings to Arabic-speaking pilgrims he expressed prayers and blessings unto them (full text of greetings in different languages). As well, a group of circus performers did a show at the audience (summary video) and Pope Francis expressed praise. He also interacted with a second group of clowns in attendance, from the organization Antas Onlus, who focus on bringing joy to Roman hospitals and other places (summary video). Moreover, he invited people to participate in a Day of Spiritual Retreat organized by the Pontifical Council Cor Unum within their individual dioceses during Lent.

It was also reported today that Pope Francis signed a flag for the Jubilee day (Nov. 6th) dedicated to prisons.

He also made one appointment.

As well today, it was announced that Pope Francis’ post-synodal apostolic exhortation from the synods on the family shall likely be released in March.

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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